How to Make Indian Tea (a.k.a Chai)

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As an Indian my parents love Tea, they love it so mutch i decided to make an intructable about how to make some. Idian tea is great for those sore throat, and those colds it opens up sineses. And best of all ITS deliseos.

Step 1: Collection Ingredients

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For this you will need

1. Indian Tea (you can get this at any indian shops) you need lipton green label and Brooke Bond red label make sure its not tea bags mix these together.

2. Sugar

3. Milk

4. Ginger

5. Tea Strainer

6. Pot

lalouie117 years ago
This sounds amazing and I'm looking forward to trying it! However, looking through the comments, I noticed a few people asked how much water should be used in order for the portions to be correct (and I'm sure so the flavor is the best too!) but I didn't see any response. I double checked the recipe as well but didn't see anything that may have been added at a later time. How much water should I use? Thanks so much!! =)
MuktaK lalouie114 months ago

Hi, its always half half quantity. If Milk is thick enough and you want milky taste, take 3/4th of milk and 1/4th water. But, we indian always make it in half glass of milk with half glass of water !! enjoy :-)

hm. I make chai with cardomom (elichee) and a bit differently than you do:

Materials: 1 part *water, 1 part milk (2% or 1% is fine, as is whole milk, but skim doesn't come out as good), a few pinches of crushed cardomom, and a spoon of tea leaves (per cup of tea you are planning on making, and yes red label is good, so is tetley... i HAVE used lipton (normal orange/black) tea bags, but it's not as good).

  • 1 part = if you are making 1 cup (prepared) chai, then use 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, etc.
1) in saucepan add water, milk, sugar (as preferred, I like adding 1-1.5 teaspoons per cup of desired chai), and add crushed cardomom.
2) right before it boils (like when it's getting ready to boil/there are tiny bubbles) add tea leaves
3) let boil and achieve desired color (should be a nice reddish-brown color, like the chai in this tutorial)
4) strain and pour into cup and enjoy!

Yes, this is the way that my indian friend used to make his indian tea and it was very good. Thanks for sharing.

achaudhary23 years ago
thank u .............njoyng hot cup of tea wid weed............................
willsonvk4 years ago
thank u.
brooke bond is the best
tibet6 years ago
hi, the indian tea is something special , i never forget it if you see professional indian teamakers, then you find, there something more than just put a few ingrediens together :-) most of them´d achieved mastery of it. i think, the spicy wasn´t just ginger, but also cardamon, white pepper,cinemon and cloves. you may get it together like a chai masala or datha chai masala. i´m not an indian, but i spent there 5 wonderful years, and it´d became my second home. by the way, the tibetan or mongolian tea is something quite different, but also with milk.
mason1687 years ago
can you use regular tea
Kiteman8 years ago
Do have to have the milk? I normally drink my tea black - would missing out the milk make it taste like kak?
I'd think you'd be missing out. Of course you can make chai anyway you like. But i think you'd miss the creamy-comfort-foodness-of the chai. I'd try it both ways. :-)
zero0928 (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
No its only a whitner/creamer.
zero0928 (author) 8 years ago
Wow 561 wiews in 24 hrs!! Great anyone got any indian food they want to make ask me ill post it (i love to cook) PS. ADDED CHAI TO TITLE
canida zero09288 years ago
Can you give me a good recipe for saag paneer? All of the versions I've made from cookbooks have been a bit disappointing. Making my own paneer was fun, though. What else do you make that you really like? I love Indian food, so will be excited about whatever you post.
zero0928 (author)  canida8 years ago
Oh sure but my mom will help me and itll be put in a week and a half cuz school has alot of tests coming up but i garuntee itll be out in a week or two.
canida zero09288 years ago
No rush- I've been trying different recipes for years, a few weeks will be just fine.
sumguysr8 years ago
the indian market near me got bought out by an african one but I'll try this as soon as i find another. How much water do you use?
zero0928 (author)  sumguysr8 years ago
For one person you get a cup full 2 people 2 cup fulls and 3 3 cup fulls ect ect
I think sumguysr means how much water did you use in this instructable, so we can scale the amount of sugar, ginger, and tea used. After all, an exact value of 2.5 tablespoons of sugar is certainly dependent on the amount of water, which isn't stated.
you don't have to buy it at a special store, you cna get lipton anywhere...i don't know how common brooke but you could surely get it online.
jeffreyf8 years ago
This looks great!
Do you mean Indian tea as in Chai? If so I will make some! Or I could be way off and chai is from somewhere completely different, but the internet is a scary place so I will avoid searching.
yep, Indian tea and chai are the same thing... chai is the Hindi word for tea... so when people ask for 'chai tea' they're being redundant
jammis Ravinss8 years ago
Ravinss8 years ago
dude, why didn't you just post this as 'how to make chai'?... the real chai... not the random stuff that starbucks etc call chai.